But it was being raised Mormon that
had a bigger influence on Chatelain's life. "Punk rock was
a completely alien thing to me," he said. "No one in my
school was punk. When I was in seventh grade, there was a kid who
came by my school to visit his girlfriend. He had a Mohawk and drove
a Vespa and I was fascinated by him. Then a friend of mine got a
copy of a Sex Pistols record and I was transfixed; I couldn't stop
thinking about it. Punk was a way to leave Salt Lake without having
Before long, Chatelain was skateboarding and collecting 7-inch
vinyl. "It was like the sun had shown down on me and I found
something no one else knew about. It took a long time for my parents
to become supportive."
Imagine their concern when Chatelain joined a number of hardcore
bands before becoming a member of influential '90s metal-core outfit
Handsome. Touring with that band would eventually bring him to New
York City at the tender age of 17. Chatelain would move there six
years later. "I didn't realize until I lived in New York for
years what drew me there," he said. "People suffocated
artistically and in other ways in Salt Lake City. I needed a kick
in the ass."
It was in New York toward the end of Handsome that Chatelain bumped
into ex-Jawbreaker Blake Schwarzenbach. Along with ex-Texas Is the
Reason drummer Chris Daly, the trio formed Jets to Brazil and released
three successful albums on Jade Tree Records. Throughout those years,
Chatelain also had begun working on the music that would become
"I had an acoustic guitar that had been gathering dust for
years and got inspired to write some songs," he said. "I
bought a little recording system and started tracking things, and
it just sort of came together."
It wasn't until 2002 that Cub Country became a serious venture
when Jade Tree released High Uinta High, a stark, personal
alt-country collection that included contributions from a number
of his friends in the punk community.